Organic Times products have always been palm-oil free. We are proud to say we are POI approved.
Wildlife Conservation is important to us, therefore we aim to only bring you sustainable and ethical products. We promise that we never use palm oil. We have high ethical standards and a love for the welfare of animals. The palm-oil industry is linked to major issues such as; deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights.
Being POI approved means:
- We passed POI’s stringent ingredient checks for our products to be verified as completely palm oil free.
- POI monitor our products to ensure our we remain completely palm oil free.
- We support the initiatives of POI and in partnership work to provide ethical, palm-oil free products.
The effects and usage of Palm Oil
Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country in the world. This has everything to do with palm oil. Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems have been cleared to make room for palm oil plantations. As a result, killing the biodiversity of the ecosystems that they replace.
Palm Oil is used in around 50% of products consumers purchase and used daily. Known as fractions of the oil, the derivatives of palm oil are used in pre-packaged food, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, soaps and more. Candles are manufactured with Palm Wax.
The food industry is responsible for 72% worldwide usage of palm oil.
Clearing rain forests has taken a heavy toll on local communities and has become a critical factor in climate change. Also as a result, destroyed natural habitats for endangered species. Replacing natural forests with palm oil plantations vastly diminishes vegetation to capture and store carbon dioxide. Therefore, it is estimated that deforestation contributes up to 20 percent of global warming.
About Palm Oil Investigations (POI)
Founded in 2013 POI is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation focused on raising awareness. They provide education on the impacts of unregulated Palm Oil production and how often it is used in every day household products. The aim of the organisation is to educate consumers on how to identify palm oil content in products and about the certification status used in such products. POI is helping us to make better choices by investigating and exposing products that hide palm oil as an ingredient to consumers.
To find out more about POI and the amazing work they do, go to their website.
To read more about who we support, see our Conservation Support blog.